These Are The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Maryland is 1,738,618 – at 29.2% of the total population of Maryland.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Maryland? Which cities and towns in Maryland have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. District Heights (Photos)
  2. Glenarden
  3. New Carrollton (Photos)
  4. Baltimore (Photos)
  5. Bladensburg (Photos)
  6. Cheverly (Photos)
  7. Bowie (Photos)
  8. Laurel (Photos)
  9. Greenbelt (Photos)
  10. Cambridge (Photos)

District Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Maryland for 2018. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the most diverse places in Maryland.

How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Maryland.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.2% to 0.7%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. District Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Thurmont was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maryland ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. District Heights

District Heights, Maryland

Population: 5,951
% African American: 91.19%
# Of African American Residents: 5,427
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.33%
More on District Heights: Data | Jobs

District Heights is an incorporated city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, located near Maryland Route 4. The population was 5,837 at the 2010 United States Census. For more information, see the separate articles on Forestville, Maryland and Suitland.

2. Glenarden


Population: 6,110
% African American: 87.2%
# Of African American Residents: 5,328
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.58%
More on Glenarden: Data | Jobs

Glenarden is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,000 at the 2010 census.

3. New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Maryland

Population: 12,727
% African American: 63.49%
# Of African American Residents: 8,080
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.77%
More on New Carrollton: Data | Jobs

New Carrollton is a city located in central Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,135. New Carrollton is located 12 miles east of central Washington, D.C.

4. Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Population: 621,000
% African American: 62.42%
# Of African American Residents: 387,631
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.4%
More on Baltimore: Data | Jobs

Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland, and the 30th-most populous city in the United States.

5. Bladensburg

Bladensburg, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,505
% African American: 61.57%
# Of African American Residents: 5,852
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.22%
More on Bladensburg: Data | Jobs

Bladensburg is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census. Areas in Bladensburg have the ZIP code 20710. Bladensburg is 8.6 miles from central Washington, D.C.

6. Cheverly

Cheverly, Maryland

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,390
% African American: 58.22%
# Of African American Residents: 3,720
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.81%
More on Cheverly: Data | Jobs

Cheverly is a town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., United States. The town was founded in 1918, and it was incorporated in 1931. Cheverly had 6,173 residents as of the 2010 Census.

7. Bowie

Bowie, Maryland

Population: 57,633
% African American: 50.29%
# Of African American Residents: 28,982
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.49%
More on Bowie: Data | Jobs

Bowie is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George’s County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.

8. Laurel

Laurel, Maryland

Population: 25,703
% African American: 49.69%
# Of African American Residents: 12,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.61%
More on Laurel: Data | Jobs

Laurel is a city in northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the United States, located almost midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore on the banks of the Patuxent River. Founded as a mill town in the early 19th century, the arrival of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1835 expanded local industry and later enabled the city to become an early commuter town for Washington and Baltimore workers. Largely residential today, the city maintains a historic district centered on its Main Street, highlighting its industrial past.

9. Greenbelt

Greenbelt, Maryland

Population: 23,623
% African American: 49.52%
# Of African American Residents: 11,697
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.4%
More on Greenbelt: Data | Jobs

Greenbelt is a city in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States. Contained within today’s City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as “Old Greenbelt” and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. Greenbelt’s population was 23,068 at the 2010 U.S. Census.

10. Cambridge

Cambridge, Maryland

Population: 12,552
% African American: 46.85%
# Of African American Residents: 5,881
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.1%
More on Cambridge: Data | Jobs

Cambridge is a city in Dorchester County, Maryland, United States. The population was 12,326 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dorchester County and the county’s largest municipality. Cambridge is the fourth most populous city in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region, after Salisbury, Elkton and Easton.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Maryland

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maryland:

  1. Thurmont
  2. Hampstead
  3. Ocean City

For more Maryland reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Maryland

Rank City Population % African American
1 District Heights 5,951 91.19%
2 Glenarden 6,110 87.2%
3 New Carrollton 12,727 63.49%
4 Baltimore 621,000 62.42%
5 Bladensburg 9,505 61.57%
6 Cheverly 6,390 58.22%
7 Bowie 57,633 50.29%
8 Laurel 25,703 49.69%
9 Greenbelt 23,623 49.52%
10 Cambridge 12,552 46.85%
11 Mount Rainier 8,364 42.4%
12 Salisbury 32,338 37.67%
13 Takoma Park 17,567 35.28%
14 Hyattsville 18,262 32.41%
15 Aberdeen 15,361 30.86%
16 La Plata 9,059 30.61%
17 Annapolis 39,009 24.04%
18 Riverdale Park 7,221 23.96%
19 Cheste 5,122 21.89%
20 Frederick 68,229 18.52%
21 College Park 31,942 18.28%
22 Havre De Grace 13,505 17.12%
23 Gaithersburg 66,104 16.95%
24 Hagerstown 40,325 16.72%
25 Elkton 15,687 14.17%
26 Frostburg 8,718 13.48%
27 Easton 16,637 11.99%
28 Rockville 65,171 9.52%
29 Chesapeake Beach 5,866 7.74%
30 Westminster 18,665 7.17%
31 Brunswick 6,101 6.67%
32 Cumberland 20,290 6.11%
33 Walkersville 5,989 6.08%
34 Bel Air 10,211 5.57%
35 Taneytown 6,755 4.99%
36 Mount Airy 9,376 2.35%
37 Ocean City 7,041 1.85%
38 Hampstead 6,352 1.54%
39 Thurmont 6,435 0.7%

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